A-Maying

The delightful A-Maying came partly from Miss Elizabeth Bennett, Sussex 2016. Words from a Bodleian song sheet, the tune similar to that sung by Samuel Willet, Cuckfield, Sussex 1891, collected by Lucy Broadwood and David Miles, at Heyshott in 1912.

In The Months, 1936 Leigh Hunt wrote “Our ancestors gave themselves up on May-day, and sometimes on other days of the month, to all healthy intoxication of the season. It was nothing but mirth, flowers, foliage, dancing, masqing from the court to the country villages.”

The tradition continues…
Revelling in the North Sea at dawn.

 

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